- Access to CARICOM Single Market Increasing
- Media Workers hear from trailblazers
Trained media workers pose with (seated from left) Faith Mullings Williams, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Wanya Illes, CARICOM Secretariat, Gillian Scott, Trainer and Marcia Thomas, Under Secretary for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
More than 3500 CARICOM Skills Certificates have been issued by the Government of Jamaica, to date, thereby qualifying the holders of these certificates to work in a total of thirteen CSM Member States, including Jamaica, without a work permit.
CSME Spokespersons pose with Project Team Leader, Gillian Scott (seated second left) and CTCP regional Coordinator , Wanya Iles (second right)
Twenty nine Jamaicans from public and private sectors and civil society were officially installed as members of the prestigious CARICOM Single Market Spokespersons Bureau on Tuesday March 17 after two days of training at the Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa.
St George’s, Grenada. Royal Caribbean photo
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ CARICOM Secretariat CSME capacity building programme in Grenada has culminated in the deployment of a CSME Speakers Bureau comprising 26 newly trained spokespersons from a number of civil society organisations. Grenada’s new CSME Spokespersons are administrators and frontline personnel from Government and Non-governmental Agencies, Community Based organisations and Business and Trade groupings.
Grenadian media workers pose with RAI Managing Director, Barbara Jacobs Small (standing 2nd left)
Twenty-seven (27) Grenadian media workers benefited from a workshop geared at assisting journalists to break new ground in their coverage of the CARICOM Single Market (CSM). The media workers who originated from print and broadcast media houses from both public and private media, participated in the one and a half day workshop which took place at the Radisson Hotel on March 20, 2015.
Dominica views more informative workshops as critical
H.E Felix Gregoire (Dominica News Online photo)
His Excellency admits Foreign Services Officer Lewis to the CSME Spokespersons Bureau
Dominica’s Ambassador to CARICOM H.E Felix Gregoire has expressed “great satisfaction” with the Spokespersons and Media training workshops which ran in Dominica from February 23 -25.
“From my personal observation and from report from the participants, it was clear that the workshops were very successful and inspired the participants who are using the information obtained on the CSME,” Ambassador Gregoire wrote in a letter of commendation dated March 11, 2015.
Tricia Gideon, Belize CSME Focal Point
Belize’s focal point Ministry for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy has forged ahead with workplace sessions on the Single Market in 2015, scoring increasing awareness, interest and participation since the series kicked off in December.
• Spokespersons and media mobilized to increase information to the nation
The Shanique Myrie judgment has underscored rights for all travelling CARICOM nationals (Stabroek News photo)
All CARICOM nationals including Belizeans must be landed for the maximum six months in all 13 CARICOM countries participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy as a result of the ruling in the landmark Shanique Myrie versus Government of Barbados 2013 case, two CSME Workshops were advised last week.
Belize’s CSME Spokespersons pose with their certificates with Gillian Scott, RAI Team Leader centre (seated) and Tricia Gideon standing behind her, Belize CSME Focal Point in the Ministry of Trade
Nineteen Belizeans from the Government, education and private sectors were formally launched as Spokespersons for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy in Belize on February 25 after a two day intensive training workshop.
New information channel promises timely updates to Dominicans on CSME developments
The Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment has launched the CSME Report Card, a bi-annually hosted press conference that will serve as a direct reporting mechanism from CSME touch-point agencies to Dominicans, in partnership with local media. Coordinated by the CARICOM/CSME Desk within the Ministry of Trade, the CSME Report Card launch was an opening highlight of the Media CSME training workshop, hosted on February 25th. Approximately thirteen journalists and media managers were on hand to receive the first CSME implementation report for 2015 by H.E. Felix Gregoire, Ambassador to CARICOM.
Lucilla Lewis, independent finance,management and business consultant proposed a four-step formula for access to and success within the CARICOM Single Market
Dominican service providers and media have been challenged to take example from the several service providers moving freely within the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) providing services to governments, regional and international NGOs and the private sector.
The DBS hosted the CSME interview in creole
Felix Henderson, Host of the popular creole radio show
Creole speaking Dominicans, as well as Haitians residing in the CARICOM Member State got their chance on Thursday February 27th, 2015, to learn about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the five regimes which facilitate its operation as a single market space. The platform was the very popular Creole radio interview and call-in show “Naftanoun” which airs weekdays on Dominica Broadcasting Service (DBS), and hosted by well-known media presenter and artist Felix Henderson.
Media and civil society in St Vincent and the Grenadines grasped the opportunities in two CSME Workshops in SVG in February
Fifteen representatives from civil society organizations and three journalists have lauded a capacity building programme which ran in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from February 16 – 18, 2015. Among primary objectives of the training was knowledge building on CARICOM as an institution; on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) and the arrangements and regimes and what they mean for the CARICOM national. The initiative was mounted by the CARICOM Secretariat in partnership with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with funding from the Canadian Government.
Mike Singh, CEO of the Ministry of Trade (BelizeInvest.net photo)
Belize is seeing unprecedented demand for its Grain, Seafood and other types of produce in CARICOM markets such as Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy’s zero duty preferential access mechanism, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh has disclosed. Continue reading
RAI Team Member Dr Gordon Harewood assesses breakout groups during Teacher Training in Montego Bay
Two teacher training workshops in Montego Bay and Kingston in February equipped 35 teachers to teach life skills and concepts designed to show students how to access their right to work, travel and do business in 13 CARICOM countries under the CARICOM Single Market.